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Project by dshute posted 01-28-2011 04:05 AM 3624 views 13 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This has been something I have been planning for a while. My old bench had served it’s usefull life and was far from what I needed to not only build on and had no concealed storage. I designed this with lots of drawers and a door with pullouts for larger things. Base is walnut with hickory as the secondary wood for internal framework. Drawer boxes are tulip poplar resawn and surfaced to 1/2” and the top was made from 8/4 hard maple. The walnut was purchased because a guy really wanted the cash and basically took 30 cents on the dollar, got lucky there. The maple was not cheap, $500 for the material in the top alone. All in all I have about $1500 invested including hardware. Slides are Accuride 3832 full extension.

The top was a real experience to make, I glued it in quarters, jointed and surfaced. Then I glued quarters into halves and surfaced again. The last glue up was putting the two halves together so I had only one joint to work by hand because it was too wide for my planer. It came out extremely close so you could say I lucked out big time and used my orbital sander to prep it for oil. Finish on base and top is Waterlox Original sealer finsh.

-- dshute, Warsaw, New York

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#1 posted 01-28-2011 04:11 AM

Are you going to put any vises on it?

-- Wooster, Ohio

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#2 posted 01-28-2011 04:12 AM

Very well done! I’d be afraid to knick it with a chisel or something! Impressive!

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#3 posted 01-28-2011 04:24 AM

I did put a 100 year old Oliver Machinery vice on it that my uncle gave me but have not put any bench dog holes in it, not sure about the bench dogs yet. I don’t worry about knicks and dents, it is a workbench so it’s inevitable. Besides the top is a full 3” thick so it can be resurfaced without fear of loosing strength.

-- dshute, Warsaw, New York

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#4 posted 01-28-2011 05:11 AM

That is one sweet bench brother

-- Life is enjoyable especially when you borrow from people

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#5 posted 01-28-2011 05:13 AM

very nice bench, great looking walnut

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#6 posted 01-28-2011 05:14 AM

Great Lookin Bench

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#7 posted 01-28-2011 05:17 AM

Impressive looking work bench. Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#8 posted 01-28-2011 05:26 AM

Why is it that everybody’s workbenches look like something I’d put in a kitchen? I say, put stools around it and let’s have dinner and beers!

Seriously, really, really nice. I only wish that I could make a workbench with those woods.

-- jay,

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#9 posted 01-28-2011 06:05 AM

I agree with Jay: looks better than about 95% of the kitchen islands I’ve seen.

Truly a beautiful bench. Thanks for sharing :-)

-- -- Neil

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#10 posted 01-28-2011 06:20 AM

An impressive masterpiece I must say. It will serve well and is an achievement in craftsmanship.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#11 posted 01-28-2011 06:22 AM

Thats a beautiful bench!

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#12 posted 01-28-2011 06:50 AM

Very impressive bench! Nicer than any furniture we own. Ten times the cost of my bench, and about ten times the bench! Thanks for letting us drool.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#13 posted 01-28-2011 07:13 AM

NICE! Really nice bench.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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#14 posted 01-28-2011 07:26 AM

Nice strong, functional design and sweet finish…well done.

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#15 posted 01-28-2011 08:33 AM

Now that is a beautiful workbench!

bout time I see someone clamping things right…

-- Childress Woodworks

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